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KEANE CRITIC OPENS FIRE

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ROY KEANE has been given the stamp of approval by club legend Martin O’Neill as Celtic continue their search for a successor to Neil Lennon.

The Republic of Ireland and Manchester United legend is just one of growing list of candidates linked with the Parkhead manager’s role.

However, there is no such ringing endorsement from someone who worked alongside the former Sunderland and Ipswich boss when they were both at Aston Villa.

Keane was assistant gaffer to ex-Hoops captain Paul Lambert at the time and he certainly did not impress the club’s former striker Gabby Agbonlahor.

The 49-year-old icon, who had a short stint at the Hoops in 2006 when Gordon Strachan was in charge, is reported to be eager to take the post after being linked previously in 2014 before Ronny Deila got the job.

Asked if Keane could be the right man for Celtic, Agbonlahor, speaking to Football Insider, said: “I’m not too sure, to be honest.

“His ways of managing will not probably be accepted in this new era of players.

“He doesn’t hold anything back, players these days need to be told to do this better, do that better. They don’t need a manager screaming and shouting at them.

“It’s a different era of player. They can’t take as much as the old school player can take.

“I think it’s a risk. But maybe that’s the way Celtic want to go. From my experiences of him, he can lose players quickly with the way he speaks to them.”

Keane last managed a club in his own right a decade ago before the left Portman Road. He has worked alongside O’Neill at Irish international level and also at Championship outfit Nottingham Forest.

He is remaining tight-lipped about the possibility of moving into the hot seat at his boyhood favourites.

John Kennedy has been in interim charge for the past three games – draws against Dundee United and Rangers and a win over Aberdeen. He will lead the club into the first defence of their Scottish Cup against League One leaders Falkirk at Parkhead on Saturday night.

 

 

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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